5 Cybersecurity Trends to Be Aware of in 2017

August 1, 2017

9:20 am

Haven’t you heard enough about cybersecurity? With Black Hat finishing up and cyber attacks making headline news, you’re probably more familiar with the latest ransomware attack than you are with your grandmother’s surprise birthday party coming up. However, hackers are learning faster than you ever could, which means keeping up with cybersecurity trends is more important than ever.

Fortunately, NordVPN wants to keep you safe, which is why they’ve identified a few trends that will help you stay ahead of the curve. And with cyber crime costs projected to hit $2 trillion by 2019 and privacy becoming harder and harder to come by, this should be classified as a must-read.

“With the new level of the Internet surveillance arising, privacy becomes a luxury that is not so easy to obtain,” said Marty P. Kamden, CMO of NordVPN in a press release. “There is more than one example when our personal data is being mishandled even in presumably safe hands. Therefore, one of the best-known methods to keep your information private and encrypted is a VPN. A VPN encrypts user data through a secure tunnel before accessing the Internet – this protects any sensitive information about one’s location by hiding their IP address.”

Take a look at these cybersecurity trends below and make sure you are taking the proper measures to protect yourself and your company from cyber attacks.

Phishing Campaigns Will Get More Sophisticated

Despite 94 percent of employees believing they can spot a phishing email, studies have shown that only half can actually pull it off. According to NordVPN though, this percentage is going to get even smaller, as phishing campaigns are expected to get a lot more difficult to decipher in the coming years. So don’t give up your passwords, your social security numbers, or even your birthday unless you know exactly where it’s going.

This Is Just the Beginning for Ransomware Attacks

With global ransomware attacks like WannaCry making national news, you might think the worst is behind us. Tragically, you couldn’t be more wrong, as big companies and individuals alike continue to ignore the risks and don’t have security measures in place to shut it down. The only way to stop this is to actually care about cybersecurity.

The Government Isn’t Going to Stop Collecting Your Data

Surveillance laws have been expanding their scope for a long time now. Between the Patriot Act, the UK’s Investigatory Powers Act, and the dozens of other questionable laws being put in place to keep an eye on citizens, it’s only a matter of time before hackers find a way to get a hold of it, leading to breaches similar to that of Sweden’s huge security snafu this year.

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Hackers Will Have Free Reign 

Currently, hackers go after Microsoft more than any other platform, as its security measures are less than that of Android or iOS. However, this will not remain the case, as cyber criminals are getting more advanced every day, and tech companies are still not committed to stopping them before it’s too late.

The IoT Will Experience More DDoS Attacks

The Internet of Things is expanding every day, with more and more connected devices on the market than ever before. However, this level of connectivity leaves large companies and individual users open to threats, allowing hackers to launch DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks on a scale never seen before, involving botnets or extortion attempts.

Read more about cybersecurity trends on TechCo

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Senior Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Senior Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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